Monday, July 27, 2009

Tartine Bakery & Cafe

One of my favorite bakeries in all the world, Tartine has a special place in my heart with their strawberry fruit tarts (Best Tart EVER!). Unfortunately on this visit, it was unavailable so I settled for the Raspberry and Blackberry Tart while my friend went for the Lemon Cream Tart. The tart shell is buttery and sweet resulting in every bite being delectable regardless of the topping.


Raspberry and Blackberry Tart - This tasted even better than it looks



Lemon Cream Tart


Tartine Bakery also serves other delicious goods such as Chocolate filled Croissants, Bread pudding, quiches, a killer cinnamon bun and various other item. If you are visiting SF and give a damn about food, this is one place you have to visit.

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
http://www.tartinebakery.com/

Cedar

After a half day of museum hopping in DC, my friends and I ended up at this cute brunch place called Cedar. While we were one of the few parties in the restaurant when we were seated, it quickly filled and for good reason. The food is fantastic!


Cedar Restaurant



Banana Nut Crunch French Toast with chantilly cream and maple syrup - We all shared this dish and agreed it was delightful =P



Scrambled Eggs with Applewood smoked bacon and garlic potatoes



Grilled Flat Iron Steak & Eggs with garlic potatoes



Roseda Farms Dry Aged Beef Burger



Braised Pork Belly BLT with fried egg, smoked tomato, and basil


The potatos were well seasoned with garlic and herbs. I'm generally not a huge fan of bacon, but they fried it just crispy enough and surprisingly, it did not feel very heavy going down. A hearty but delicious meal with superb service.

Cedar
822 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
http://www.cedardc.com/

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Legal Sea Foods

I've been to Legal Sea Foods on the east coast twice and each time I've come out full and satisfied. The clam chowder is consistently good across all their restaurants and the entrees do not leave you wanting. My visit to this particular establishment in Washington DC maintained the same quality of food I have to come expect from Legal Sea Foods.


New England Clam Chowder



Legal Signature Crab Cake Sandwich - This Glorious sandwich was mine and boy was it delicious



Louisiana Gumbo - Shrimp, Sausage and Fried Okra over Jasmine rice



Fish and Chips - dayboat cod and haddock with cole slaw





The Crab cake sandwich was just stupendous. The meat was sweet and moist, surrounded by lettuce, tomato slices, and a mild mustard sauce covered by a warm and lightly toasted bun. They really need to get established over here on the West Coast.

Legal Sea Foods
704 7th St Nw
Washington, DC 20001
http://www.legalseafoods.com/

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bi-Rite Creamery

On sunny weekends in San Francisco, Dolores park is great place to chill at since it's packed with people, dogs, and bikes and generally full of life. If you're lounging in the park and you really want some ice cream, look no further than Bi-Rite creamery across the street.

What makes Bi-Rite creamery special? They have new seasonal flavors every time you visit and they do their best to use local, organic and sustainable ingredients in their products. This results in some the best tasting ice cream ever (at least in the bay area).


Cookies N Creme & Coffee Toffee (underneath)

Let your taste buds savor the creamy flavors!

Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th Street
San Francisco CA, 94110
http://www.biritecreamery.com/

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Poleng Lounge

Each time I go to Poleng, the menu ceases to pleasantly surprise me with new seasonal items that keep the taste buds happy and are shown in new and pleasing presentations. The place has a hip and modern vibe and changes from a restaurant into a lounge Friday and Saturday night. On this visit, they didn't have my favorite Ahi poke dish, but they did have a new group of wonderful ones to choose from.


Heirloom Tomato Poke - Mixed heirloom tomatoes in a spicy poke sauce with scallions and sesame



Crispy Adobo Wings - Chicken Wings glazed in a sweet sauce



Sizzling Sisig - Pork medly cooked with coconut vinegar, onions, peppers, and citrus



Royal Scallops Katsu - Seared scallop coins on white corn and fava beans


The crispy adobo wings were delicious with slightly crispy skin and meat that came off the bone easily. I also highly enjoyed the Heirloom tomato poke, which was fresh and zesty. Pork is generally not my favorite meat of choice, but the medley was cooked with all sorts of ingredients, providing flavors that went very well with brown jasmine rice. My plan is to visit them again soon.

Poleng Lounge
1751 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117
http://www.polenglounge.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Benkyodo

There's store packaged mochi and then there's the kind from Benkyodo. Located in San Francisco's Japantown, the Japanese Confectionery sells fresh made mochi and manju everyday. A whole assortment of flavors are available from strawberry manju to Kinako (green mochi covered with soy powder with red bean paste inside).


Yomogi and Kinako Manju



Strawberry (real strawberry pieces inside) and plain mochi with Red bean paste


My favorite is the Kinako Manju. The textured soy powder mixed with the smooth mochi and red bean paste provided a little bit of heaven each bite. The mochi is soft, chewy and tears easily with each bite. You could easily tear a piece of manju in half with just your hands. It's that soft! Look no further if you crave mochi and want it fresh. If you want to try all the flavors you better get there in the morning before all the special flavors run out.

Benkyodo Co.
1747 Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
http://www.benkyodocompany.com/

Monday, July 13, 2009

Fourth of July Food Fest

The Fourth of July went by in a flash. I spent part of the weekend at my aunt and uncle's house out in San Ramon and the food just continuously rolled into my mouth.


Deviled Eggs



BBQ Drumsticks



Juicy Oranges



On to Dessert! Almond Chocolate Cake



Blueberry Cheesecake with a Graham Cracker/Walnut Crust



Chocolate Fudge Brownies...Oooooh Yeahhhh



Sweet Cantelope



Yellow Watermelon



My plate loaded with everything



The perfect way to eat through a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Gaspare's Pizza

There's pizza and then there's Gaspare's Pizza. Located in the outer Richmond, this family Italian restaurant is actually owned by an Italian family and has been here in San Francisco as long as I've been alive (or close to). The atmosphere inside the restaurant is cozy, warm, and just conducive to enjoying a couple pizzas with friends. I have yet to find a better pesto pizza anywhere else.


A staple of the outer Richmond for years!



Old School!



Pesto Sauce, Tomatoes, Italian Sausage and Mushrooms



The first bite is the best!


Gaspare's Pizza
5546 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA
http://www.gasparespizza.com/

Spiced Pumpkin Bread & Cupcakes

I've finally got off my lazy butt and started baking like I've been meaning to. The first item on the list was pumpkin bread, one of my favorite foods. I borrowed the recipe from my sister who made a few changes from the original.

It's a shame that pumpkins are not available year round, so thank goodness for canned pumpkin puree. The best part is that you can foil the loaves and defrost them later to enjoy! The recipe is listed below.



All the ingredients. Only the best stuff goes in this Wong Co Kitchen



All the ingredients have gone in!



If you love crust, cupcakes are a must



Voila, Spiced Pumpkin Bread, ready for consumption



Did I mention crust is awesome?



This was all that was left after 2 days

Recipe:

Yield: Makes 2 loaves

2 cups sugar: 1 cup brown (packed), 1 cup regular
1 cup vegetable oil (or substitute 1/2 cup applesauce + 1/2 cup oil)
3 large eggs: 2 yolks, 1 egg white only
1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin
3 cups all purpose flour (I use whole white wheat)
1 teaspoon ground cloves (I used allspice)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional but yum!)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs and pumpkin. Sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions. Mix in walnuts, if desired.

Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool 10 minutes. Using sharp knife, cut around edge of loaves. Turn loaves out onto racks and cool completely.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread Bon App├ętit | November 1995
by Vern Bertagna: West Frankfort, Illinois (w/ Modifications)
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Spiced-Pumpkin-Bread-840

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Strawberries

It's summer and that means one thing. Awesome summer fruits! My parents went to the Farmer's market at United Nations Plaza and bought certified organic strawberries from a local farmer. These babies were ripe, juicy, and sweetened by nature. Just the way you want to start summer. The only way to get strawberries with a lower carbon footprint than these is to grow your own. This is sustainable, local produce at its best!



United Nations Plaza
(Across from the Main Library)
San Francisco, CA
Open Wed. 7-5:30, Sun. 7-5


Support local, organic, pesticide free, and sustainable foods!